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Show Nutritional information in eating establishments- petition

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Moggies12, Jul 4, 2016.

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  1. Moggies12

    Moggies12 Type 1 · Active Member

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    From a link on Facebook, I stumbled across this petition calling for "eating establishments" to display nutritional info including, significantly, carbs!
    For some reason it has very few signatures. I've shared it on several other diabetes themed Facebook pages, but maybe posting here will boost the numbers :)
    Please sign and share if you agree it would be a help, thanks!
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/132394
     
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    Some of the big pub/restaurant chains do already have the nutritional content displayed @Moggies12
     
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    Moggies12 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I think others have it 'under the counter' so to speak! Our local Asda cafe have a folder they'll refer to if you ask.
     
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    I've noticed too that you get the nutritional content on-line by going to their websites, I'm not sure how practical it would be for the smaller establishments as they tend to change their menu's quite regularly.
     
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    Moggies12 Type 1 · Active Member

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    That's true, I was thinking more of bigger places I suppose. Although littler places might have more knowledge of what's in their foods if you ask! It'd be nice not to have to make a fuss or be made to feel like you're being a pain for asking awkward questions! Hubby and I are vegetarian, so we're used to having to ask stuff!
     
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    The book/app Carbs & Cals is a good visual guide, I've got the book but not tried the app as yet.
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    By law the information has to be provided if you ask for it.
     
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    Moggies12 Type 1 · Active Member

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    CarbsRok, didn't know it was law! Is that everywhere...eg hospitals, school dinners, etc?

    Noble head, I use the Carbs/cals app when we're out and about, saves lugging the book about and works even without wifi connection.
     
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    PS the other app I use a lot is MyFitnessPal
     
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    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    I have travelled this past year, due to job, to quite a few eating places, hotels etc.
    And once you ask them for the information, they will show you.
    All eating places must have the folder referred to.
    The other thing I've asked is what oils they use in cooking and they are always obliging in that as well. Don't be shy about asking, either for the information or the head chef. In my experience they are usually very accommodating.
    By law, I think, they must have the folder but don't have to display them on signs etc.
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes it does. The dietitian at my area hospital told me this last year when I had conversation regarding the lack of info for meals provided or not as the case may be. She told me that the law had been changed so the info has to be provided if you ask, so ask the nurses who have the info on their computer in the nurses area if you are in hospital.
     
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    Hope not to need that...but good to know! Thanks
     
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    Also most restaurant chains have nutritional info from their menus online, it's much more common place now.

    Sent from my SM-G900F using Diabetes.co.uk Forum mobile app
     
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    Thanks for the link, although I'm now confused :confused: Is it just allergens they're obliged to share or nutrients (carbs) too? The real test is to ask at different places I suppose... as in the proof of the pudding etc!
    CarbsRok - do you by any chance know where we'd find the legal stuff you refer to? Always good to be able to wave something at someone if they're being awkward! Although, like Nosher8355, I've always found people pretty helpful, legislation or not :)
     
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    Just the allergens - it's very confusing - you cannot display the amount of carbs cals fat etc until you get it verified and it's very very expensive so the big chains can do it because they usually have the same menu in all places over many months. Small independent establishments could just not afford to do this - they have to know the allergens by law and make them readily available - but most restaurants although not able to tell you the amount of carbs eg there's 30g of carbs in that - and personally I wouldn't commit myself like that they can tell you the ingredients if you ask
     
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    That makes a great deal of sense :oops: I guess I got carried away thinking lazily wow what a good idea
     
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    What law is this? I've never heard of it. It can't apply to all food outlets. My works canteen wouldn't have a chance.
     
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    As a T1 and also someone who has severe gluten intolerance (brother and sister also T1 and coeliac) I use experience and measuring by eye best for calculating a bolus dose. I try to ring ahead to alert the chef/waiting staff when eating out that I can't eat gluten. Chefs are generally good at recommending suitable dishes or making modifications so that food is safe to eat. It works for me and as a long term T1 I know that for me one tbs rice = 5 units, and 3 egg-size potatoes needs 6, same with a rounded tbsp mash, half a large potato. Experiment at home to work out your insulin requirement. Like everything else to do with diabetes management, you need your wits about you, but it's great when you can play by your metabolism's rules and win! Persevere!

    The odd Joker gets thrown in every now and again, but, hey, sometimes we're dealt a difficult hand.
     
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    Not sure how to access the petition, but I certainly support this idea.
     
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